2010's best news photos

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A tourist takes in the sunset on New Year's Eve on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Airport police officer Mike Manahan, with his search dog Baxo, checks a passenger's bag at Tom Bradley International Airport in Los Angeles.

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Thousands of people watch fireworks at Copacabana beach, part of Rio de Janeiro's New Year celebration.

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A man and a woman return to their village on a bicycle as the sun sets on the last day of the year in the outskirts of Puri, India.

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Onlookers gather around the wreckage of a train at the site of an accident in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh. At least 10 people were killed and about 40 injured in three train accidents in northern India.

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Circus Oz performer Eli Green swings a hula hoop with her mouth during a rehearsal in Sydney.

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Five-year-old Florrie-Anne Forster plays football in the snow on the Begwyns Hills in Hay-On-Wye, United Kingdom.

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A woman jogs past snow-covered beach huts in Brighton in southern England.

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The Tungurahua volcano spews ash and lava, in Cotalo, Ecuador.

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Haiti's National Palace in Port-au-Prince, after it collapsed from the massive 7.0 earthquake that hit the region, leaving thousands dead or buried under rubble.

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Masked revelers parade the streets during a carnival for St. Vasilij Day in the village of Vevcani, Republic of Macedonia.

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The world's tallest man, Sultan Kösen, standing at 8 ft 1 inch, poses with the shortest man in the world, He Pingping, standing at 2 ft 5.37 inches, during the launch of the Guinness World Records live roadshow in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Iraqi police and civilians respond moments after a bombing in Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq. Three explosions, including one caused by a car bomb, rocked the southern city of Najaf at about 5:45 p.m. near a commercial area.

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Kiki, a healthy young boy, was pulled out of the Haiti earthquake rubble by New York City Urban Search and Rescue, along with Virginia Rescue.

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Israelis look at the flash flood water in the Judean desert on the shore of the Dead Sea in the West Bank. One person was killed and another was missing after their jeep was swept away by flash floods, the army said as particularly heavy downpours drenched Israel's southern Negev Desert.

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A gull flies with the Swiss Alps in the background at sunrise in Lausanne.

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A model wears a table dress during Samuel Cirnansck's Fall/Winter show at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Brazil.

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A couple, in traditional clothes from the Friesland province, performs an old form of synchronized skating on natural ice on the frozen inland sea near Hindeloopen, northern Netherlands.

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Beachgoers play on large inflatable thongs during the 5th Annual Havaianas Thong Challenge World Record attempt as Australia celebrated Australia Day at Bondi Beach. Australia Day, formerly known as Foundation Day, is the official national day of Australia and is celebrated annually on January 26 to commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet to Sydney in 1788.

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Honduras' ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, exits an airplane as he arrives at the San Isidro air base on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. Zelaya left his refuge in the Brazilian Embassy and flew into exile Wednesday, ending months of turmoil and his thwarted quest to be restored to power after a June 28 coup that drew international condemnation.

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A soldier from the Royal Danish Guard lays on the floor after he fainted and collapsed during the arrival of the Royal families and their guests at the Christiansborg Palace in central Copenhagen, Denmark. The Queen Margrethe and Prince Consort Henrik were hosting their annual party for members of the Danish Parliament.

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A U.N. police officer unties the hands of a boy who took part in looting in downtown Port-au-Prince. Aid groups and troops from around the world have struggled to distribute food, water and medical care to an estimated 3 million Haitians injured or left homeless in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that wrecked much of Haiti's capital on January 12, killing as many as 200,000 people.

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A-37 airplanes of the El Salvador Air Force fly by during the Ilopango 2010 Airshow at the Military Airbase east of San Salvador, El Salvador.

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The view of Japan's highest mountain Mount Fuji, as its covered with snow and surrounded by cloud, from an airplane.

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The man-made archipelagos near Dubai, United Arab Emirates photographed by an Expedition 22 crew member on the International Space Station. Palm Island, Jumeirah, lower left, was begun in 2001 and required more than 50 million cubic meters of dredged sand to raise the islands above the Persian Gulf sea level. Creation of the 300 World Islands (upper right) was begun in 2003 and completed in 2008, using 320 million cubic meters of sand and 37 million tons of rock for the surrounding 27 kilometer-long protective breakwater.

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A dancer of the U.S. Momix Dance Theatre Company performs a scene of "Bothanica" during the Rome's premiere.

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Internationally renowned street performer Chayne Hultgren (a.k.a. The Space Cowboy), re-enacts his 18-sword swallowing attempt for a Guinness World Record in front of the Sydney Opera House. The Australian beat his own world record when he simultaneously swallowed 18 swords, each blade measuring 50.8cm by 1.3cm, in the lead-up to this year's International Sword Swallowing Day on February 28.

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Lord Alfred Dubs, British Labour Party politician and former Member of Parliament and Allegra Stratton,(C), of The Guardian newspaper compete in the annual Parliamentary Pancake Race in Westminster, London, along with other journalists, MPs and members of the House of Lords, to raise money for the charity 'Rehab' and to raise awareness of it's work for people with disabilities.

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A Palestinian rioter tries to grab a weapon from a plain-clothes Israeli police officer, right, during clashes in Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem. Palestinians scuffled with Israeli security forces, after an arrest operation triggered clashes in the camp the day before.

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Models pose for pictures at a bus station during National Underwear Day,an event organized by Brazilian fashion website Finissimo in Brasilia.

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A mass ordination of 100,000 monks at Dhammakaya temple in Thailand. The mass ordination objective is to strengthen ethics and improve morality by allowing 100,000 men to be true monks for 49 days.

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A policeman carries an injured man from the site of a bomb blast in Mingora, Pakistan.

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A serviceman holds a desk by his teeth at a military show during the celebration of Defender of the Fatherland Day in Russia's far eastern city of Vladivostok. Russia celebrates Defender of the Fatherland Day on Feb. 23, originally known as Red Army Day, to honor Russian soldiers.

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Volkswagen Golf VI are stored at the "CarTowers" in the theme park Autostadt next to the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg on Wednesday.

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A riot police officer tries to avoid a stone and a flare during clashes in central Athens on Thursday where street clashes between rioting youths and police erupted Thursday as more than 30,000 people demonstrated during a nation-wide strike against the cash-strapped government's austerity measures.

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A woman dressed as Marilyn Monroe is seen during a media preview at Universal Studios Singapore.

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A photographer takes a picture of a wooden house built upside-down in Gettorf, Germany. The fully furnished so-called "crazy house" has a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room and a sleeping room. Visitors have to pay a fee to enter this tourist attraction, which is set up at the local zoo.

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The Cottesloe surf boat crew nosedives in big surf during Masters competition at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships at Kurrawa Beach on Australia's Gold Coast.

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Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave with his alpaca Pisco at San Bartolo beach in Lima. Pianezzi has spent a decade training dogs to ride the nose of his board when he catches waves, and now he is the first to do so with an alpaca.

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Romeo Leka, an Albanian from the northern city of Mirdita, holds an Albanian girl hostage at gunpoint in Tirana. According to the Albanian police a few minutes prior to this, Leka robbed a nearby bank but was soon surrounded by the police and its special unit, RENEA. After a 40-minute negotiation with Leka, the police neutralized and disarmed him.

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Mina Mortezaie from Los Angeles practices her routine that she will perform at the US Pole Dance National Championships in New York City. The winner will perform in the World Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Waves stirred up by Tropical Cyclone Ului batter racing yacht Anaconda at Airlie Beach, Australia Sunday. About 60,000 homes are without power, trees and signs have blown over and boats have been smashed on the rocks after a massive storm with winds up to 124 miles per hour blew across the coast of northeastern Australia.

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Shakeel dives into a polluted section of the River Yamuna to scavenge for ornaments and coins left by Hindu rituals at the river bank, in New Delhi, India. Officials say factories are ignoring regulations and dumping untreated sewage and industrial pollution, turning toxic the river that gives the capital much of its drinking water.

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Baltimore Orioles left fielder Luke Scott shields himself from a flock of seagulls during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.

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People carry heavy beach chairs of some as the beach chair season starts at the beach of St. Peter-Ording, Germany. Usage of the beach chairs is free of charge until Easter.

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A model walks the runway in a creation by Chinese fashion designer Ye Yaoya during the kickoff of China Fashion Week in Beijing.

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A new Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car, bursts into flames in the suburbs of Mumbai, India. The car ignited as its owner, who managed to get his wife and 5-year-old son safely out of the vehicle, was driving it home from the showroom, draped with a celebratory garland of marigolds.

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A camel and its keeper and the Khephren and Menkaure Pyramids are silhouetted by the late afternoon sun at the Giza Plateau in Cairo. The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only remaining Wonders of the Ancient World and are one of the most visited monuments on Earth.

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An Indian policeman attempts to douse a house fire in the old city area of Hyderabad, India. Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse Hindus and Muslims who clashed for a third straight day Monday.

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In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18 Super Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson slips through the sound barrier during a flight demonstration for Peruvian visitors March 27.

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Chaman, an unemployed youth residing in Gurgaon, demonstrates his skills at blowing cigarette smoke through his ears in New Delhi, India.

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A police officer beats people on a scooter as they enter a curfew area in the old city of Hyderabad, India. The days-long curfew put into effect after communal rioting broke out Saturday was relaxed for two hours Thursday.

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Workers harvest soy on a farm in Correntina, Bahia. Brazil's 2009/10 soybean production is estimated to be 67.5 million tons.

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A dust storm engulfs the desert city of Bikaner, in the western Indian state of Rajasthan. Hot conditions prevailed in most parts of northern India Friday.

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Girls run as boys throw water at them as part of traditional Easter celebrations in Szenna, southwest from Budapest. Locals of village Szenna of Hungary, celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls", a fertility ritual rooted in Hungarian tribes' pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century after Christ.

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Leona Gordon, 85, from Dubuque, Iowa walks down Main street in Dubuque dressed as the Easter bunny. Gordon has dressed up for Easter every year since 1981, visiting nursing homes and schools.

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Elian Gonzalez holds a Cuban flag during the UJC, Union of Young Communists, congress in Havana.

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Buba, a bear cub born in January, peers out from behind her cave at the Juraparc of Mont-d'Orzieres near Vallorbe, Switzerland.

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Bloodied Kyrgyz police officers huddle together for protection, as they are attacked by protestors in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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Abigail Woodall, 9, has a hair-raising experience with a science display at Discovery Place in Charlotte, N.C. Hundreds of children and their families spent part of their spring break at the science and nature museum.

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A Kyrgyz protester kicks out at captured police officers at the opposition headquarters in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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A plain clothes policeman kicks an anti-government protester in Bishkek.

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Australian motocross superstar Robbie Maddison, 28, jumps over the 279-foot wide Corinth Canal at a height of nearly 28 feet in Greece.

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Khachaturian falls, unseating jockey Jason Maguire, in the Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase during the second day of The Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool.

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A Racegoers make her way home after Ladies Day on the second day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Aintree, England. Friday is traditionally Ladies day at the three-day meeting of the world famous Grand National, where fashion is as important as the racing.

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A Merpati Boeing 737-300 lies skidded off on the runway in Rendani airport in Manokwari of the Indonesia's West Papua province. About 20 passengers were injured when the plane, carrying more than 100 passengers, skidded off the runway while landing due to bad weather conditions.

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev point fingers at each other during the plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, DC.

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Iowa District Court Stephen Carroll wipes away tears while Aaron Thomas gives his statement during Mark Becker's sentencing in the Butler County Courthouse. Judge Stephen Carroll has sentenced Becker to life in prison after the family of slain high school football coach Ed Thomas gave tearful testimony about the impact of Thomas' murder. Becker was convicted March 2 of first-degree murder, which carries an automatic life sentence without parole. The 24-year-old Becker gunned down Thomas at the Aplington-Parkersburg High School weight room on June 24, 2009.

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An Indonesian protester beats a municipal police officer during a clash in Jakarta, Indonesia. A protest over a historic tomb on government land in the Indonesian capital turned bloody, with 90 wounded in clashes between riot police and hundreds of demonstrators armed with machetes and sticks. The protesters believed city officials were trying to remove the tomb of an Arab cleric who helped spread Islam in North Jakarta in the 18th century.

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US Park Police Officer Calvin Covington gets to the front of the line with his horse Harper to mail his family's income tax returns at a mobile post office near the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington.

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Body painter Athena paints campaign slogans for New York gubernatorial candidate Kristin Davis on the body of Kat Smith during a campaign fund raiser in New York.

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A plume of volcanic ash rises into the atmosphere from a crater under about 656 feet of ice at the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in southern Iceland. A huge ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano turned the skies of northern Europe into a no-fly zone on Thursday, stranding hundreds of thousands of passengers.

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Ukrainian opposition and pro-presidential lawmakers fight during ratification of the Black Sea Fleet deal with Russia, in parliament in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukraine's parliament has voted to extend Russia's lease of a Crimean naval port for the Black Sea Fleet in a chaotic session during which eggs and smoke bombs were thrown. The countries' presidents agreed last week to extend the Russian navy's use of the Sevastopol port for another 25 years after the old lease expires in 2017.

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Artists of the vaudeville show "Made in Berlin" pose for the photographer in front of a mockup of the Reichstag building in the Modellpark Berlin-Brandenburg in Berlin.

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An aerial view of rescuers using excavators to remove rubble and search for buried cars and victims at the site of a landslide that covered the full width of a motorway near the northern port city of Keelung. Rescuers continued to search for survivors at least four vehicles and five people reported missing feared buried by the landslide that smothered a 300 meter-length of the No. 3 Freeway.

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An Israeli border police officer sprays colored pepper spray in the eyes of a handcuffed a Palestinian protester as Israeli security forces scuffle with Palestinians during a demonstration against the construction of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank village of Walajeh, outside Jerusalem.

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican in Rome.

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A jet is silhouetted on the full moon in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffett plays table tennis with an oversized paddle against world champion Ariel Hsing at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting weekend in Omaha. Buffett went a long way to convincing tens of thousands of shareholders and others attending Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s annual meeting that his $5 billion bet on Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a keeper.

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A demonstrator offers help to a riot police officer who slipped and fell, as she speaks on the phone during an anti government rally in Athens.

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A policeman tries to divert a female moose into a net during an organized catch after she accidentally entered the suburbs of Lublin, Poland. The moose was later released back into the forest.

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British troops march along Red Square during the general rehearsal of the Victory Day parade in Moscow, Russia, which will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.

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A model showcases an outfit by designer Roopa Pemmaraju during day five of Australian Fashion Week 2010 in Sydney.

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An aerial view of the oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead off the coast of Louisiana.

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Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad is chained to a bench at JFK Airport, moments after agents yanked him off a plane bound for Dubai.

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A U.S. soldier with a prosthetic limb uses his mobile phone to film a ceremony for U.S. soldiers who sustained combat injuries in Iraq.

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Czech freestyle motocross rider Petr Pilat jumps during a training session in front of the Sphinx at the Giza pyramids. He's preparing for the second stage of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, which will take place in front of the Sphinx on May 14.

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A tow truck operator tries to figure out how to tow a Jeep Liberty after the driver drove through the back wall of his own garage, falling one story to the ground in Lancaster, Pa. According to officials, the driver said as he was returning home, the vehicle's accelerator got stuck and he couldn't stop before hitting the house. The driver was not hurt.

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Scientists exploring a remote Indonesian forest say they have uncovered a collection of new species, including the long-nosed tree frog (Litoria sp. nov.), a yellow-eyed gecko and the world's smallest known wallaby.

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Police officers search for clues as they pack up the frames of the stolen paintings outside the Paris Museum of Modern Art, following the report that five paintings having been stolen. Police and prosecutors say a lone thief has stolen five paintings worth a total of $613 million, including works by Picasso, Matisse and Modigliani.

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Children play on the shores of sea in Chennai as cyclone 'Laila' moved out of Tamil Nadu but intensified over the west-central and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal, India.

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Models pose in a barn during a photocall to promote the "Young Farmers Calendar 2011" on a farm in Schraudenbach in southern Germany.

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Oil tankers attached to a goods train burn in Chintawanpur in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. At least 15 oil tankers caught fire when suspected Maoists derailed a goods train by blasting the railway track and then setting afire one of the tankers in Chintawanpur.

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An aerial view shows the flooded town of Sandomierz in southern Poland. Flash floods, caused by days of heavy rainfall, have hit parts of central Europe, killing at least seven people, disrupting power supplies and forcing thousands of people from their homes.

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Spanish Bullfighter Julio Aparicio is gored by a bull during a bulfight of the Feria de San Isidro at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring.

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Indian tourists ride on a traditional boat, at sunset on the Dal Lake in Srinagar, India.

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Soldiers and a dog stand on a truck as they patrol in Betania, south of Bogota. The government has tightened the security ahead of May 30 presidential election.

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Liang Yong, 30, who weights about 507 pounds and is 5.18 feet tall, is pushed on to a cart by his father (L) after a medical examination at a hospital in Chongqing municipality. Liang is not able to walk due to his weight and is required to seek further medical treatment at the hospital.

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Image made from video released by British Petroleum shows equipment being used to try and plug a gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP started pumping heavy mud into the leaking Gulf of Mexico and said everything was going as planned in the company's boldest attempt yet to plug the gusher that has spewed millions of gallons of oil over the last five weeks.

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Markus Conrad, a 36-year-old German tourist, sits on his motorcycle as he looks at Karakoram Highway in Gulmet village which has been submerged in a lake created by a landslide in northern Pakistan.

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President Barack Obama picks up balls of tar while touring the beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon disaster now officially ranks as the worst in U.S. history.

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A sinkhole covers a street intersection in downtown Guatemala City. A day earlier authorities blamed the heavy rains caused by tropical storm Agatha as the cause of the crater that swallowed a a three-story building but now say they will be conducting further studies to determine the cause. Last April 2007, another giant sinkhole in the same area killed three people.

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Bystanders and police search the burning wreckage of a Cessna 206 plane for survivors shortly after it crashed in a busy business district near downtown Anchorage during rush-hour Tuesday. A small child was killed and four other people on board were injured.

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Smoke rises from the ramains of a home as Austrian firefighters attempt to extinguish a fire following a gas explosion in the capital of lower Austria, St. Poelten.

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A solar energy powered tuk-tuk, the first of its kind in Thailand, drives on a road in Bangkok, Thailand. The solar tuk-tuk can drive with a speed of up to 80 kilometers per hour and was presented at the Industrial Energy and Environment Asia 2010, the first and the only international trade event in Thailand on renewable energy and environmental management technologies for the manufacturing industry, with 150 exhibitors from 20 countries.

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Chilean authorities escort Joran van der Sloot out of a police station to be flown back to the Peruvian border, in Santiago, Chile. The Dutch man was detained Thursday after crossing the border from Peru, where authorities say he's the prime suspect in Sunday's killing of 21-year-old Stephany Flores. Van der Sloot was previously arrested in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teen Natalie Holloway, but later released by Dutch authorities.

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Tom Cruise, left, as "Tropic Thunder" character Les Grossman and Jennifer Lopez perform at the MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif.

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French-Mexican bullfighter Michel Lagravere, 12, known as Michelito, is pushed by a bull after falling during a bullfight in the Plaza de Toros Mexico bullring in Mexico City. Lagravere, the youngest bullfighter to perform in the Plaza de Toros Mexico, suffered bruising and was not seriously injured.

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Performer Lewis West is stood on by a fellow cast member during a sequence called Red Shoes during a dress rehearsal for their show "Circa" at the Sydney Opera House.

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A scavenger on a boat collects recycleable items from garbage-strewn Citarum river in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.

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A worker walks along twisted rails near Nowy Sacz, southern Poland. A railway bridge collapsed after last week's flooding of the Poprad river due to heavy rainfalls in the region.

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A creative contestant smiles while competing in the first-ever National Beard and Mustache Championships in Bend, Oregon.

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Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is followed by the media as he claims that Miami Beach is clean and free of oil. The governor visited Miami Beach to meet with local hospitality and business leaders to discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its impact on the state.

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Raging flood waters triggered by heavy rains crush houses in Xiqin township, Nanping, Fujian, China.

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People walk by damaged cars in the aftermath of flooding in a western district of the French south eastern city of Draguignan.

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Lei Zhiqian rides a modified bicycle across the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, Hubei province. The bicycle, equipped with eight empty water containers at the bottom, was modified by Lei's instructor Li Weiguo, who hopes to sell his invention.

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In this satellite image provided by NASA, Papua New Guinea's Manam Volcano releases a thin, faint plume, as clouds cluster at the volcano's summit. The clouds may result from water vapor from the volcano, but may also have formed independent of volcanic activity. The volcanic plume appears as a thin, blue-gray veil extending toward the northwest over the Bismarck Sea.

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A fire destroyed four hectares of brush on the hillside between Lagoa and Copacabana, in the south zone above Rio De Janeiro. The fire authority blamed balloons released during Festas Juninas parties. The balloons contain flaming wicks of cotton soaked in wax which creates the hot air that makes them fly. They are blamed for for nearly half of all forest fires in Rio, and in 2000 a balloon landed in an automobile dealership and set 44 cars ablaze.

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A member of the Spanish Guardia Civil controls the traffic as a hippo walks free at the main road A-52 near Benavente in Zamora province, north-western Spain. The animal was being transported in a truck when its food, consisting of straw, started to burn, which forced the driver to take the hippo out to a ditch and attempt to put out the fire.

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First lady Michelle Obama uses a jump- rope during exercise activities at an event highlighting the work of the Physical Fitness Council at the Columbia Heights Education Campus Bell Multicultural High School in Washington.

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Apple chief executive Steve Jobs shows an iPhone 4 to Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev during his visit to Silicon Valley in Cupertino. Medvedev was "inspired" by a tour of Silicon Valley and left determined to replicate the U.S. technology hub at home, despite pessimism that Russia could create a sufficiently open environment to nurture success.

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A Paraguayan fan bites her nails as she watches her national soccer team play New Zealand during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, in downtown Asuncion.

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People enjoy the sunset at the Glastonbury Festival site at Worthy Farm, Pilton in Glastonbury, England. The gates opened yesterday to what has become Europe's largest music festival, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

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Tattoo artist George Marridis applies a feather to Taylor VanderArk, a three-hour creation during the Second Annual TattooLaPalooza convention in downtown Miami.

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Kashmiri Muslim protesters beat an Indian police officer during a protest on the outskirts of Srinagar, India. One person was killed as paramilitary forces fired warning shots to disperse thousands of people in a funeral procession that defied a curfew in Indian Kashmir Monday. At least 16 people were injured in protests across the region.

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Contestants play in mud during the Miss Ocean Contest in Zhoushan, island city of east China's Zhejiang Province. A total of 50 beauties from more than 40 countries attend the 10-day contest.

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A flash of lightning illuminates the sky over the 2,500-year-old Ancient Parthenon temple, at the Acropolis hill during a heavy rainfall in Athens, early Monday.

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A man sticks his tongue out at a police officer after being arrested during a protest at the G20 summit in downtown Toronto.

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A woman watches blue crabs walk along the main seaside avenue of Cancun, Mexico. According to the city's environmental agency, more than 200 crabs were rescued and another estimated 1,000 are yet to be caught after the crabs came out when ongoing public works along the avenue disrupted their nests.

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Relatives bring a handicapped child to safety during a fire Tuesday morning. Eddie Grays pushes Kahlil Bringham,14, away from his home as a church fire raged next door to their house. Memphis Firefighters fought a fire at Light of Glory International Church located at 714 North 7th.

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A Bangladeshi policeman hits a child with a baton during clashes with a garment workers in Dhaka. At least 15,000 protesting garment factory workers blocked key roads in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the latest in a string of protests over low wages and poor conditions. Police fired tear gas and used water cannons to disperse the workers, who sew clothes for some of the top names in Western retail, after they blocked a major intersection in the north of the city.

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Governor David Paterson begins to sign over 4,700 veto bills in his conference room Thursday morning, at the Capital in Albany.

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A bull chasing revellers jumps into the sea during the "Bous a la Mar" festival in the eastern Spanish coastal town of Denia. During this festival, revellers, emerging from protective barriers, provoke bulls to chase them until they both fall into the sea. The bulls are then rescued by small boats who tow them to safety.

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A 'mozo,' or runner, is gored by a bull during the second bull run, of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain.

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Brazilian goalkeeper Bruno Souza, who plays for the country's most popular soccer club Flamengo, arrives at a prison wearing a red prison uniform in Belo Horizonte. Souza surrendered to police probing the disappearance and possible murder of his ex-girlfriend, in a case that transfixed the soccer-crazed country. Souza and a friend were ordered arrested while public prosecutors investigated the disappearance of 25-year-old model Eliza Samudio.

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U.S. Army Lieutenant Matthew Hernandez of Alpha Company, 2-508 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, shakes hands with a child during a patrol through the village of Tabinolye in Arghandab District, north of Kandahar.

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Thousands look on as the Eiffel Tower is framed by fireworks during a Bastille Day celebration in Paris, France.

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Civilians and rescue workers gather at the site of an accident at Sainthia station north of Calcutta, India. A speeding express train collided with a passenger train at the station in eastern India early Monday, mangling the carriages and killing scores of people.

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Visitors dressed as DC Comics' Hourman, Atom and Flash walk during the 40th annual Comic Con Convention in San Diego, CA.

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A model walks down the runway during the Luli Fama show at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swimsuit Show in Miami Beach, Fla.

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A 40-ton whale lands on yacht during Cape Town sailing trip. Ralph Mothes, 59, and Paloma Werner, 50, were helpless as the beast thrashed around on their 33 ft. vessel before slipping back into the water.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, share a hot dog outside of Penn Station. Cameron arrived in New York by train for meetings in the city.

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A horse and rider gallop alongside the pack during the 18th stage of the Tour de France cycling race.

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Hindu devotees travel on the roof of a train after participating in Guru Purnima Festival in Mathura, India. Guru Purnima Festival is celebrated by paying tribute to teachers by disciples or students.

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A 350-foot-long replacement bridge is floated on a barge on the East River as it passes the Brooklyn Bridge and the lower Manhattan skyline in New York. The bridge will replace the Willis Avenue bridge which connects Manhattan and the Bronx.

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A boy floats on a river covered by duckweed to cool off during a hot summer day in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China.

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A voodoo believer swims in a mud pool during a mass ritual at the Plain Du Nord Festival. Thousands of believers sacrifice animals and pray in mud pools during the festival to ask the voodoo spirits and the dead for help with money, the future and children.

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A finger of lava creeps toward Gary Sleik's home in the Kalapana Gardens subdivision, Hawaii. The current eruption of Kilauea began on January 3, 1983, and has inundated the town and general vicinity of Kalapana, destroying numerous homes since.

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A waterspout (tornado) moves over the sea near the coast of Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province. No casualties or damages were reported from the waterspout hitting the sea off the Shenzhen coast for 17 minutes.

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A man cools off with Kermit the Frog stuffed toy in the sunny weather on English Bay in his inflatable boat in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., reacts as he gets in the elevator to leave his office for a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rangel has been charged with thiirteen counts of ethics violations.

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Paramilitary policemen take part in a training session in a river on the outskirts of Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China.

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A demonstrator cries as he is arrested during a protest against Arizona's controversial Senate Bill 1070 immigration law outside Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office in Phoenix. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked the most controversial sections of the new immigration law on Wednesday, handing a victory to the Obama administration as it tries to take control over the issue.

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Soldiers stand guard around stolen trailers used by gunmen to form a barricade to block a main road in Monterrey. Drug gangs on Friday closed up four roads using stolen vehicles and trailers to block motorists, according to local media. Mexico is struggling to contain the cartels' growing power as they use annual drug profits of up to $40 billion a year to amass an arsenal of weaponry for their increasingly deadly attacks, worrying foreign investors and the United States.

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A fire fighter attempts to extinguish a forest fire near the village of Dolginino in the Ryazan region, some 111 miles southeast of Moscow.

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Caroline Giuliani, daughter of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is escorted in handcuffs from the SEPHORA store on 86th st and Lexington Ave. after being arrested for shoplifting.

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A handout photo provided by the Census for Marine Life shows a dragonfish that has teeth even on its tongue.

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Mao Xinyu, the only grandson of Mao Zedong, smiles during an interview at a military academy in Xi'an, northwest China's Shaanxi province. China's People's Liberation Army

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President Barack Obama jokes with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose. The President played basketball with friends, college and professional basketball players, before an audience that included wounded warriors and White House mentees at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

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A man watches the stars in front of his tent on the Tschuggen hill, 6,726 ft above sea level, in Arosa, Switzerland.

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A view shows the landslide-hit Zhouqu County of Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province. Mudslides engulfed a town in northwest China on Sunday, killing at least 127 people and leaving nearly 1,300 residents missing as rescue teams dug out crushed homes and tried to blast away debris clogging a river.

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A man tries to balance as he pedals a loaded bicycle in Yokohama, near Tokyo.

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A lion and his cub reenact a scene from Disney's "Lion King" in the Serengeti.

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A man marooned by flood waters, alongside his livestock, waves towards an Army helicopter for relief handouts in the Rajanpur district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

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Residents evacute through flood waters dodge an army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab.

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Mets baseball pitcher Francisco Rodriguez is led into Queens Criminal Court in New York. Rodriguez was suspended for two days by the team Thursday, a day after he was charged with assaulting his father-in-law at a Citi Field family lounge following a game.

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A farmer eats his lunch while following his flock of ducks along a country road in Guangyuan County northern Sichuan province.

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Billy Mack's cuffed in front of a 1984 Dodge Diplomat California Highway Patrol Police Cruiser during the 15th Annual Three Day South Florida Tattoo Expo and Car and Truck Show to Benefit Joe Dimaggio's Childrens Hospital Foundation in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

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Co-owner Christian Petersen looks out of a window as he poses for the media at his bicycle shop in Altlandsberg, north-east of Berlin. The owners attached about 120 bicycles on the facade to advertise their shop.

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A flood victim walks on a damaged railway track while crossing the floodwaters to reach his village in Sultan Kot. The World Bank will release $900 million to help fund relief efforts for Pakistan's flood disaster as international agencies warned millions of people were at risk from disease.

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Charles Weatherly collects bees while Wake County Deputy Brandon Jenkins sits inside the police cruiser in Wake County, N.C. He was trying to help the driver of a broken down truck, but it was carrying boxes of bees and one of them had broken open. He had to stay in his car for three hours before the beekeeper managed to move them away.

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Reverend Zoltan Lendvai, a Hungarian Roman Catholic Church priest, 45, plays with his skateboard in front of the local Catholic church in Gaborjanhaza, a small village nearby the Hungarian-Slovenian border. Zoltan Lendvai lives here and preaches in other eleven villages in this region, and teaches his young believers to skateboard. Zoltan Lendvai follows the Saint John Bosco, an Italian 19th century priest who teached by using games.

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Lori Berenson carries her son as she leaves a police vehicle while being taken to the Peruvian court headquarters in Lima.

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The Fanti Acrobats International perform on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland as part of the Fringe Festival

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Giorgia Boscolo smiles beside her gondola, background, in Venice's Grand Canal. After 900 years of male dominance in the profession, Venice is going to have its first official female gondolier. Boscolo has passed the practical exam and is the first woman to pass this test, considered the most difficult step in the long road to become a gondolier. She must now pass one further exam in November before joining the guild of official gondoliers.

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Spanish banderiller Pedro Muriel is tackled by a bull after driving banderillas into it during a bullfight at the Malagueta bullring in Malaga.

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An unidentified fan is struck by a foul ball during the baseball between Minnesota Twins and Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Tx.

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Workers show an inflatable copy of a Russian S-300 ground-to-air missile system at the 'Rusbal' factory in Hotkovo. The Russian military plans to place an order for inflatable copies of its tanks, aircrafts and even missiles at a cost of $3,500 per model to mislead enemies.

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A reveller rests in tomato pulp after the annual "Tomatina" (tomato fight) in the Mediterranean village of Bunol, near Valencia. The origin of the tomato fight is disputed - everyone in Bunol seems to have a favorite story - but most agree it started around 1940, in the early years of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship

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Dabura Karriem of Bloomfield, N.J., reacts upon hearing there is a job availability for exactly what she's looking for as a file clerk at a bank, while attending a career fair in Newark, N.J.

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Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The volcano, which had been dormant for more than four centuries, erupted for the second day in a row Monday, spewing out towering clouds of ash and forcing the evacuation of more than 21,000 people.

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk through a gate in the Columbia Parc Development to visit newly built homes in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Fourteen-year-old Elisany Silva (C), who measures 6'9" feet tall poses for a picture with her sisters Talicia (R) and Eliza in Braganca in the Brazilian Amazon state of Para. Elisany, one of the world's tallest teens, who was forced to quit school because she became too big to ride the bus, now dreams of becoming a famous fashion model.

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An undated handout photograph released by Sea Shepherd Conservation showing Japanese fishermen slaughtering dolphins in blood-soaked water in Taiji, Japan. Today fishermen in Taiji resumed their annual hunt with fewer protesters than 2009. Of Japan's annual quota of 20,000 dolphins, about 1,500 are killed or sold by fishermen in Taiji.

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A man crosses a bridge over the polluted Tiete river seen filled with foam in Pirapora do Bom Jesus northeast Sao Paulo. The pollution in the Tiete river from industries has increased due to a lack of rain with August registering the least amount of rain since 1943, according to the National Institute of Meteorology

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People lie in the road after being injured by an explosion during a Shiite procession in Quetta, Pakistan. Police say the blast killed dozens of people in southwestern Pakistan in the third deadly attack this week on the country's religious minorities.

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A dog jumps to bite the mascot of Argentina's Estudiantes de la Plata soccer team before the Recopa Sudamericana final soccer match with Ecuador's Liga Deportiva Universitaria in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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An overview of the neighborhood devastated by a massive natural gas explosion that rocked a neighborhood in San Bruno, California. There were three people confirmed dead, 53 homes destroyed, 124 homes damaged and some 120 reported injuries after the fire consumed 10 acres of the San Bruno, California neighborhood.

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Kim Ju-hee, right, of South Korea punches Jujeath Nagawa of the Philippines during a 10-round bout for four light flyweight titles, in Anyang, southwest of Seoul.

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A man performs on a Mallakhamb (gymnast's pole) during a practice session at a playground in Mumbai. Mallakhamb is a combination of traditional Indian gymnastics and martial arts and it can be traced back to the 12th century.

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Hospital staff carry the dead body of Buddhist monk Luang Por Kwandee Piyasilo from his living quarters at Wat Tha Maprang in Phitsanulok. According to newspaper reports, the 72 year-old revered monk was in a sitting position when his body was found.

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A drawing by painter Gil Vicente on display at the 29th Sao Paulo Art Biennial, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The drawing presented in an exhibition entitled Inimigos (Enemies), shows the artist pointing a gun at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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A Jewish settler holds a stick during a fight with a Palestinian, holding a stone, front, over farming land between the Jewish settlement of Bracha and the nearby West Bank village of Burin.

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Bangladeshi commuters cross the Buriganga River on a floating boat bridge in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since the growth of water hyacinth has hampered the movement of boats on the river a group of boatmen have taken 34 dinghies and connected them together to create the floating bridge. A fee of Taka 2 (USD$0.02) is charged per person allowing the boatmen to make an alternative form of income until they are able to resume boating.

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Langur monkeys sit on the bicycles of their handlers in front of the Commonwealth Games headquarters in New Delhi. Langur monkeys are used in parts of New Delhi to scare away other monkeys that create a menace around the Commonwealth Games venues, a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official said on Monday.

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A wounded Marine is carried by fellow Marines to a MEDEVAC helicopter near Marja, Afghanistan. The Marine was shot by a sniper while on patrol.

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A stunt man jumps off a river raft during a stunt performance in Belgrade, Serbia.

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With a gas mask on his head, Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, center, gestures as he runs away from tear gas during a protest of police officers and soldiers against a new law that cuts their benefits at a police base in Quito, Ecuador.

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As a finale to the first annual Vimeo Festival + Awards held in New York, Evan Grant & Seeper used Projection Mapping to transform the facade of the iconic Frank Gehry-designed IAC Building in downtown Manhattan.

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Fans pass the Oregon duck mascot through the crowd during a game against Stanford.

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A 3,000-year-old statue of the pharaoh Amenhotep III, believed to be the grandfather of the young King Tutankhamun, that was unearthed by Egyptian archaeologists at the site of the Amenhotep III's funerary temple in the southern city of Luxor.

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Suspected Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout gestures as he arrives at a Bangkok criminal court. A Thai court on Tuesday dismissed charges of money-laundering and wire fraud against Bout, bringing him a step closer to extradition to the United States. The 43-year-old former Soviet air force officer known as the "Merchant of Death" faces U.S. accusations of trafficking arms since the 1990s to dictators and conflict zones in Africa, South America and the Middle East .

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Seth Degbe Fetrie of Ghana is pinned under the bar during an unsuccessful attempt in the men's 153-pound (69kg) weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

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Anna Chapman -- a Russian national who was deported from the U.S. this summer for alleged spying for Russia -- walks with an unidentified security man at the farewell ceremony for a U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.

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Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva poses for pictures with workers who built Petrobras' new offshore oil platform P-57, in Angra dos Reis, Brazil.

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A demonstrator from the far-right English Defence League is bitten by a police dog during a march in Leicester, central England.

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A satellite image provided by NASA shows the area of southern Hungary where the wall of a waste-retaining pond at an alumina plant, lower right, broke, releasing a flood of toxic red sludge into nearby villages, killing eight people. Hungarian police have detained the director of the aluminum company responsible for the flood.

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Police officers stand next to the wreckage of a bus after a collision in Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk region. A collision between a bus and a goods locomotive killed 40 people and injured several others.

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Schenectady firefighters Kevin Woodrow, left, and Lt. Donald Klotz battle a house fire on Gerling Street near Florence Avenue in Schenectady, N.Y. The fire injured an elderly occupant of the home. The cause of the fire may have been a misuse of fireworks, but is still under investigation.

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Rescued miner Mario Sepulveda hams it up. Sepulveda brought up a bag of souvenir rocks, but there was a darker side to his jokes: "I was with God and with the devil," he said. "And I reached out for God."

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Riot police officers surround a young woman during a student demonstration in Lyon, central France. French oil workers defied the government's demand Monday to get back to work and end scattered fuel shortages, stepping up their fight against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age to 62. Youths and truckers escalated the protests.

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Nathalie Amwasi, 2, rides a nearly 10-foot (three-meter) pet python in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Nathalie's father Jamal, a 35-year-old Palestinian civil servant is the proud owner of more than a dozen snakes, including several large pythons, all of which live in a shed a few yards from his home in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

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Visitors photograph a stripper performing on the industry professionals' day at the 2010 Venus Erotic Fair at Messe Berlin, Germany. The trade fair will be open from October 21 through 24.

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Candidates for the Amazing Philippines Beauties 2010, a contest for transvestites and transsexuals, pose for photographers as they are presented to the media at a hotel in Manila. More than 20 contestants competed for the annual crown which will be awarded on November 26.

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A man carries a woman while walking down a flooded street in Msida, outside Valletta. An overnight storm dumped almost 3.5 inches (87.3mm) of rainfall on the Mediterranean island of Malta, causing some damage but no casualties.

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An Israeli soldier points his assault rifle at the face of a blindfolded detainee at an undisclosed location. Breaking the Silence, a group of Israeli veteran combat soldiers who collect testimonies and photos of troops who have served in the Palestinian territories, published new photos of soldiers posing with detainees and vandalising Palestinian homes that appear to have been taken during the 2008-2009 Israeli "Operation Cast Lead" in the Gaza Strip.

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People ride a boat through the dry Rio Negro river in Manaus, Brazil. The Rio Negro river, one of the Amazon river's largest tributaries, registered historic drought levels this weekend, which could affect thousands of fishing communities in the region.

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Fake U.S. dollar banknotes are burnt during a ceremony to honour deceased ancestors in the old quarter of Hanoi. According to Vietnamese tradition, people burn items made of paper, such as money, cloths and vehicles, during the ceremony.

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Undercover Israeli police officers restrain protesters that were throwing stones during clashes in Umm el-Fahm. Israeli police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Arabs who were protesting against a rally by ultranationalist Jews in the Israeli-Arab city.

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Brazil's ruling Workers' Party presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff waves to her supporters during a campaign rally in Sao Bernardo do Campo. Former guerrilla Dilma Rousseff looks set to ride the coattails of the hugely popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to victory in a runoff election on Sunday and become the first woman to lead Brazil, one of the world's fast-growing emerging economies.

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Mount Merapi spews smoke as seen from Sidorejo village, in Klaten, Central Java. Indonesia's Mount Merapi erupted on Thursday for the second time in a week, blasting vast plumes of ash into the sky, as the death toll from the initial eruption and a tsunami that hit remote western islands reached 377.

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Swedish boxer Mikaela Lauren poses during the official weighing in Rostock, Germany.

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Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo waves as he exits a polling site with his girlfriend Sandra Lee and daughter Michaela Cuomo in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

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Firefighters battle a blaze caused by explosion on train cars transporting oil in Bialystok, northeastern Poland. Two oil tanker train cars blew up and more than a dozen others were set ablaze after two trains crashed into each other. One person was hurt before firefighters managed to put down the fire.

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A lighthouse in Foz do Douro, Porto, in the northern of Portugal cames under attack from a huge Atlantic wave driven by strong winds. The country's Civil Protection Authority declared red alert in the Portuguese north coast due to strong winds and big waves

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President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rescued two members of his squad in October 2007 while fighting in the war in Afghanistan during ceremony at the White House in Washington.

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NASA's Terra satellite shows evidence of a large pyroclastic flow along the Gendol River south of Mount Merapi in Indonesia. Light gray volcanic deposits fill the course of the Gendol river south of the volcano. The dark ray area closer to the volcano is where a pyroclastic flow spread across the landscape, causing almost total devastation. Within this dark gray area, most of the trees were knocked down and the ground was coated by ash and rock. Green vegetation appears red on the image.

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Stitches are seen in President Barack Obama's lower lip as he delivers a statement to members of the media in the Old Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington.

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Transvestites talk on a street phone during a demonstration in commemoration of World AIDS Day in Managua, Nicaragua.

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The Metrodome roof collapses for the second time in the building's history due to snow and high winds, forcing the postponement of Sunday's NFL game between the Vikings and the New York Giants in Minneapolis, Minn.

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A boat laden with refugees is driven onto rocks at Christmas Island in this still image taken from video. Twenty-seven asylum seekers have died and dozens may be missing after heavy waves smashed their timber boat onto rocks on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean off Australia on Wednesday, sinking the boat and throwing people into stormy seas.

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The cover of Time magazine's December 27, 2010/January 3, 2011 issue featuring Mark Zuckerberg as the Person of the Year. Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of The Facebook social networking site that has more than half a billion users, was named Time magazine's 2010 Person of the Year on Wednesday.

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Demonstrators throw petrol bombs at riot police during a protest in Athens. Police fired extensive amounts of tear gas in Athens on Decembner 15 and a former minister was reportedly hurt as clashes broke out with stone-throwing protesters in a violence-marred demonstration against a new wave of austerity measures.

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Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, poses for photographers in the grounds of Ellingham Hall, the home of Front Line Club founding member Vaughan Smith, at Bungay, England. Assange said he feared that the United States is getting ready to indict him, saying Friday that he believed that a grand jury was meeting to consider charges against him. He has repeatedly voiced concerns that American authorities were getting ready to press charges over WikiLeaks' release of some 250,000 secret State Department cables, which have angered and embarrassed officials in Washington.

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A bungee jumper dressed as Santa Claus leaps from a platform above a beach in in Kuta, Bali.

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A riot policeman chases an opposition protester during a rally denouncing the results of presidential elections in central Minsk. Police in Belarus beat demonstrators with batons and rounded up opposition leaders in a violent crackdown after an election on Sunday that was certain to return President Alexander Lukashenko for a fourth term.

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Sisters Bethany Cannell 19 yrs , and Lauren Cannell 21 yrs from Liverpool, England brave the freezing temperatures in their bikinis during a Christmas themed photo shoot.

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Workers in Santa Claus and reindeer costumes (background) clean windows outside of a 31-stores-high building at the Odaiba shopping mall on Tokyo's waterfront. The costumes were worn as part of a Christmas promotional event to attract shoppers.

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Firefighters lay a hose down a street filled with coastal floodwaters to fight a house fire during a snowstorm in Scituate, Mass. on Monday, Dec. 27.

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President Barack Obama smiles with a shaved ice at Island Snow at Kailua Beach Center while on vacation with the first family in Kailua, Hawaii.

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Jim Casey and his wife Lesley fish from the porch of their flooded home in Chinchilla, Queensland after entire towns were inundated by the worst deluges in decades. Torrential rains following in the wake of tropical cyclone Tasha have swollen rivers and flooded scores of farms and homes in the northeastern state of Queensland.

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Jin Lingling, a revolving hula hoops world record keeper, performs with spinning hula hoops in Dexing, Jiangxi province of China. Jin's best record is spinning 100 hula hoops at the same time.

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Pakistani children play as the sunset in Lahore, Pakistan.

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